Guide to Vegan On-The-Go Snacks and Treats for Health Nuts and Their KidsYael Tamar
1. Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
These organic fruit snacks are gluten-free, made with real fruit juice and packed with vitamin C! They are a bit higher in sugar than we would have liked (2.5 tsp.), but at 70 calories for serving (albeit a small one), these bunny-shaped snacks do hit the sweet spot without adding the worry for a health-nut parent. The ingredient list includes no artificial colors, preservatives or sweeteners; we’re in love!
2. Cocoburg Vegan Coconut Jerky
When most people hear the word ‘jerky’, they automatically think of beef. But yes, even vegans can enjoy the delights of jerky these days, thanks to the glory that is the new coconut jerky. We present to you, ladies and gentlemen, raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and minimally processed coconut jerky – and is this not the answer to all your vegan prayers? Bring it on a date, sneak it into the movies or surprise (and possible confuse) your kids! Try it on your meat-loving friends – or don’t, because there won’t be any left for you!
3. Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter Spread
This 16-oz Earth Balance Creamy Coconut & Peanut Spread is a great addition to your pantry, with its 81% peanut content and extra virgin coconut oil. Deliciously creamy, it goes nicely with a wide variety of foods. Health freaks rejoice – this stuff is gluten-free, has zero trans fat (it’s vegan, baby!) and a low glycemic index.
So, indulge in this coconut peanut butter spread. Put it on on toast or crackers, add it to your smoothies and desserts, and get lost in the flavor.
4. Maxine’s Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
I’m happy to introduce another gluten-free, (mostly) refined-sugar-free, and of course certified vegan cookie brand! These soft-baked cookies with almonds and chocolate chunks are flavored with all-natural almond extract, and they taste like heaven! At 130 calories per cookie, with the main ingredient being gluten-free oats, these can make a delicious, nutritious, guilt-free cheat meal.
5. Crispy Pineapple Chips
Crispy Pineapple Chips are kosher, non-GMO and Paleo-friendly. They are baked (not fried or freeze-dried) and contain NO artificial color, flavors or preservatives. All natural, they are also gluten-free and free of most allergens, such as soy, nuts and wheat. They are fat-free, low in calories, sodium-free, naturally high in calcium (24%) and a good source of dietary fiber (16%). Just perfect, right? Save them for a great guilt-free evening snack.
6. Earth Balance Gluten-Free Kettle Chips
Vegan cheddar-flavored chips – yes, they exist, and we have Earth Balance to thank for that! Keep them in your bag for those times you just need a savory snack. Earth Balance Kettle Chips are gluten-free, nut- and peanut-free, soy-free, non-GMO and have zero trans-fat (obviously – they’re vegan!). Just a cheesy, salty snack for game days, barbecues, fabulous beach days, or day trips with your kids.
7. Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate
Lindt offers a wide array of dark chocolates with a cocoa content ranging from 70% to an intense 99%. This will fulfill a vegan’s desire for chocolate in a healthy way, as they contain no artificial colors, they’re high in protein (6%) and provide over 12% in daily value for dietary fiber.
8. Louisville Vegan Jerky
Louisville Vegan Jerky is made with local ingredients from Louisville, Kentucky, and it’s available in five flavors: bourbon-smoked black pepper, bourbon-smoked chipotle, sriracha maple, sesame teriyaki and maple bacon.
Each serving contains about 70 calories and 6-7 grams of protein. This jerky is make of non-GMO soy products. and it’s also 100% gluten-free – made with gluten-free tamari instead of soy sauce. Unlike most types of jerky, these make a great snack for people with celiac disease, food allergies or wheat sensitivity. Enjoy this cruelty-free jerky that’s actually good for you!
9. Yummy Earth – Organic Lemon Drops
Yummy Earth Organic Lemon Drops are made with real fruit extracts and natural, organic ingredients, which will definitely be a treat for your taste buds. They’re also gluten-free, which means you’ve found the perfect treat for your kids!
10. Yummy Earth – Gummy Bear Snack Packs
You won’t mind giving these to your kids as they contain no artificial colors or flavors. They’re fat-free, nut-free, gluten-free and made with organic fruit juices.
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